The Peoria Police Department is an Internationally Accredited Law Enforcement Agency through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The program is maintained and compliance is ensured through the Strategic Planning Section. Accreditation ensures that the department continues to maintain exemplary, professional standards established by CALEA. The department was the first law enforcement agency in the west valley to earn CALEA accreditation, becoming the 442nd internationally accredited law enforcement agency in July 1997.
Agencies that achieve accreditation are reviewed every three years to ensure that the CALEA standards are maintained. The process the department goes through is extensive. Every aspect of the Peoria Police Department’s operations are scrutinized during accreditation, from staffing levels and training, to budget and onsite standards review, it is all assessed in order to determine whether or not certain criteria are being met. The department’s personnel, policies, and procedures are measured against 444 different recognized law enforcement standards for compliance.
CALEA is a not-for-profit corporation formed in 1979 to establish a universal body of standards for law enforcement agencies. The goals of the accreditation process are to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of law enforcement, cooperation between law enforcement agencies, and public confidence in the police force.